Stress speeds up aging–we know that now, but your ability to tolerate stress and delay premature aging, depends on many things.
The quality of your relationships, your general outlook on life, your emotional intelligence, and your genetics, all play a factor in how well you resolve excessive stress.
What Influences Your Stress Tolerance Level?
- Support Network–a strong network of supportive friends and family is a great buffer. If you don’t have one, you tend to be more lonely and isolated, leaving you with a greater vulnerability to stress.
- Sense of Control–if you are confident in yourself and have the ability to influence events, and perservere through challenges, you probably can handle a bit of stress. If you feel that things are out of your control, you may not handle stress too well.
- Attitude and Outlook–if you are a stress-hardy person, you have an optimistic attitude embracing challenges with a strong sense of humour. You accept that change is a part of life and believe in a higher power or purpose. If you have a negative attitude, avoid challenges, and don’t like change, you may be setting yourself up to really feel the effects of stress.
- Dealing With Emotions–you will be extremelly vulnerable if you don’t know how to calm and soothe yourself when you are sad, angry, or afraid. The ability to bring your emotions into balance, helps you bounce back from adversity.
- Knowledge and Preparation–the more you know about a stressful situation…how long it will last, what to expect…the easier it is to cope.
Are You A Stress-Hardy Person?
Do you watch what you eat, moderately consume alcohol, are physically active, sexually active, are socially involved, live in an environment free from pollutants, and have a system or practice that helps you destress?
If you said yes, then you are a stress-hardy person.
Stress Will Exacerbate…
- Pain of any kind.
- Heart disease.
- Digestive problems.
- Sleep disturbances.
- Autoimmune diseases.
- Skin conditions like ezcema and zits.
Causes or Events That Can Make You Grow Old Faster
- Caregiving–people who provide care for friends and/or loved ones, often experience stress caused by exhaustion, anger, guilt, and other difficult emotions.
- Jobs–are a huge source of stress. Worries about deadline pressures, layoffs, and demands for new technological skills dominate job concerns.
- Exhausting work schedules, especially when they interfere with home life, cause an insurmountable amount of stress.
- Rocky relationships.
- Anything that puts high demands on you, or forces you to adjust, can be stressful (even positive events like getting married, buying a house, or receiving a promotion).
- Major life changes.
- Financial difficulties.
- Being too busy.
- Kids, family.
- The inability to accept uncertainty.
- Negative self-talk.
- Unrealistic expectations about life.
- Lack of assertiveness.
- Changing your line of work.
- Kids leaving home.
- Having a mortgage.
- Credit card debt.
- In-law troubles.
- Outstanding personal achievement.
- Going to school.
- Change in living conditions.
- Revision of personal habits like quitting smoking.
- Boss troubles.
- Changes in working hours.
- Death of a loved one.
- Change in social activities.
- Getting a loan.
- Change in sleeping habits.
- Vacation time.
- Traffic tickets.
- Social and emotional change and loss.
- Ailments, such as arthritis that cause pain and disability.
- Life-threatening illnesses like heart disease and cancer.
- Unpleasant side effects of medications and treatments.
- Sleep disturbances.
- Lack of interest in physical expression, like exercise or sex.
- Declining physical abillities.
- Increasing frailty.
- Unique social pressures.
Thank goodness there are ways to dampen down the effects of stress stopping the premature aging of your mind and body.
Research has proven that brainwave entrainment is particularly effective in the resolving of excessive stress.
I guess you could say brainwave entrainment can stop you from growing old before your time.
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Next Week: Stress And Aging–Part 4
What Is A Telomere? and, Why Longer Is Better.